Former fast bowler Wahab Riaz has been named the head selector of the Pakistan men's national team. The development surfaced after Inzamam-ul-Haq stepped down from the position amid conflict-of-interest allegations and PCB's changes in the management after a below-par ICC ODI World Cup 2023 campaign.
The first task given to Wahab Riaz will be to build a team for the three-match Test series against Australia in December in Australia and the five-match T20I series against New Zealand in January in New Zealand. Talking about this appointment, Riaz expressed gratitude towards the board for giving him this opportunity and also spoke about the importance of domestic cricket in his criteria for selection.
Quoted in a PCB press release, he said, “Heading a selection committee is a challenging task. We have a significant Australia tour coming up that is part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle. My primary goal would be to give weightage to the top performers in domestic cricket and announce well-rounded squads equipped with the necessary skill sets,” he added.
Amidst PCB's continued overhaul of Pakistan cricket, various new faces have emerged in the management after the disastrous World Cup campaign. Former captain Mohammad Hafeez recently was named the team director and is also appointed as the interim head coach for the upcoming Australia and New Zealand tours.